Plant shadows on concrete walls. Industrial patterns, casting shadows on elements of nature. Dark firgures on the other as a way to reshape its existence. Are they alike? Or rather symbiotic matches, fueled by light.
we all stand in the
same corner and stare at passing clouds
longing for the old normal
Plants are natural storage places. They save water, fiber and seeds just in the same amount as humans try to save massive amounts of goods in concrete silos. However, plants have also stored genetic information over millions of years. Faultlessly passing it down from generation to generation, facilitating reproduction and thus basically saving life.
In comparison, humans save goods and data to fulfill the ever growing demand of mankind and to ensure the future. Their distribution and datacentres are aiming to store matter and information with the same efficiency as plants do. But how much silos, storage and data centers would it take to save the essence of it all: LIFE.
Natur:beton, German for organic concrete, connects apparent opposites of natural and man-made structures.
On a macroscale Natur:beton adresses the complex relation that modern kind has with nature and how deeply both are actually entwined, even in urban space. But Natur:beton also examines the flexibility of nature, and that there is a limit to what humans, themselves a product of nature, can achieve in taming or manipulating the environment.
This first edition reveals how quickly nature bounces back after humans took their hands off. And as a paradox by itself the series shows beauty where it is not to be expected or at least not obvious.